Statement Regarding Temporary Restrictions on International and Domestic Travel
The health and safety of members of the university community is always Puget Sound’s top priority. In light of ongoing restrictions on international travel, quarantine requirements for international and certain domestic travel, and the increased presence of the coronavirus locally, regionally, and nationally, the University of Puget Sound is restricting travel as follows:
- All international travel on behalf of or otherwise supported by the University of Puget Sound is prohibited until further notice. Given the uncertainty regarding the duration of this prohibition, any future international travel being planned now should be considered tentative. Any university expenditure toward future international travel, including that associated with study abroad programs, must be approved in advance by the provost, applicable vice president, or president (“Cabinet” member). Students planning to study abroad in 2021 should contact the Office of International Programs for specific program status and risk of cancellation.
- All personal international travel is strongly discouraged. Campus members who are planning any international travel are expected to notify their supervisor in advance in order to promptly identify potential work impacts and necessary adjustments (including impacts and compensation issues during quarantine periods), and to assure the university stays in compliance with current Washington State and other regulatory quarantine requirements.
- Any traveler coming to the University of Puget Sound from areas designated as a Warning Level 3 Travel Health Notice by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently must self-quarantine for 14 days, monitor their health, and practice social distancing before entering the Puget Sound campus. Additionally, all campus members must comply with Washington State’s quarantine requirements for higher education institutions prior to coming or returning to campus.
- All domestic non-essential travel on behalf of the University of Puget Sound is prohibited until further notice. At this time, only essential university travel, as determined and approved in advance by the applicable Cabinet member, is authorized. A determination as to the essential or non-essential nature of specific travel will be made based on the facts, circumstances and judgment of the approving Cabinet member, and will take into consideration the nature of the requested travel, mode of travel (personal vehicle vs. common carrier), destination (exposure trend for COVID-19), and Washington State’s quarantine requirements for higher education institutions upon return.
- All domestic non-essential personal travel outside of Washington is strongly discouraged and may require self-quarantine up to 14 days prior to returning to campus as determined by Washington State’s requirements for higher education institutions or other requirements in place at the time. Regardless, the university strongly encourages campus members to self-quarantine for seven days upon return and test negative for COVID-19 twice before engaging in in-person activities on campus. Essential personal travel, in this context, is ultimately determined by the individual, but for this purpose is generally considered to be travel related to the health, safety, and wellbeing of family members and excludes travel for tourism purposes. Campus members who are planning domestic travel outside of Washington are expected to notify their supervisor or department head in advance in order to promptly identify potential work impacts and necessary adjustments (including impacts and compensation issues during quarantine periods), and in order to assure the university stays in compliance with current Washington State quarantine requirements for higher education institutions, as well as other regulatory requirements, upon return.
- Domestic travelers coming to or returning to the University of Puget Sound may be required to self-quarantine for up to 14 days, meet testing requirements and/or monitor and attest to their health before entering the Puget Sound campus.
Any campus member who travels is expected to take all appropriate precautions.
This policy will be updated as conditions and restrictions change.
CDC’s Travel Recommendations are available below:
Washington State’s higher education requirements
Issued: March 2020
Updated: July 2020, February 2021
 See Phase 2 Higher Education & Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements and Proclamation 20-12.1 (Higher Education – Fall 2020).